Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Hotel Garbe welcomes Lady Golfers

The Hotel Garbe was delighted to welcome The Bracken Ghyll Ladies Golf Society from Yorkshire to the Hotel earlier this month for their Annual Golf Event. The Hotel Garbe Golf Desk as usual did their utmost to ensure that all the Lady Golfers had a superb stay in the Algarve.

Club President, Lesley Sayers said the whole group thoroughly enjoyed the golf courses, the Algarve sunshine and the hotel. She promised that the event will be held once again in the Algarve next October.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008


October 31 to November 2

The World Superbike Championship is a mammoth, worldwide event, that constitutes one of the fastest-growing sports events and one of the top three international motor sport products, hot on the heels of Formula 1 and MotoGP. In 2007, the Superbike World Championship was hosted across 13 circuits in 10 countries. This championship is a truly global event, held in the world’s most prestigious circuits and involving key motorcycle and consumer goods markets at a global scale.

Taking place at the new of the Algarve International Autodrome near Portimao.

For more

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Christmas Fair - 1st December


Countdown to the Network Christmas Fair with our Charity of the Year – Bom Samaritano

This year, as ever, Network hosts the Christmas Fair on 1st December at Hotel Garbe, Armaçāo de Pera. This is a fabulous opportunity for people to display and sell products and services, and for the public to buy those special treats and presents with a difference. It is also an opportunity for Network to raise money for our charity of the year, Bom Samaritano Children’s Home. We begin our countdown to Christmas this year with a reminder of why our chosen charity needs our – and your – help.

Bom Samaritano is a children’s home providing care and support for 36 children aged between 3 and 18 years. Nestling in a quiet suburb of Alvor, the first thing you notice about it is its atmosphere of warmth and calm. The Director of the home, Dra Maragarida Cardoso is simply charming – personable, vibrant, warm, yet with a sense of dedication and determination about her. Dra Cardoso leads 15 paid staff in their quest to help children who have been neglected, orphaned, or abused to enjoy as much opportunity as anyone else in life, and to have as much of a ‘family’ life as possible. They work closely to try to reintegrate into families where possible, and to try to offer fostering or adoption possibilities where it is not. Meanwhile, they provide a safe home for these children, with a suitable attitude combining discipline with care. Older and younger children share bedrooms to support each other, all make their own beds and clean their own rooms, all have individualised touches , toys and comforters.

The second thing you notice is that there are many signs of ‘making do’ on the material side of things. Much of the furniture in the play rooms, the visitors room, is basic and cheap. A plant grows through the children’s rest/play/television room. While the home is littered with signs of joy and acitivity – paintings, the bird mural in the office – you can see that it is run on a shoestring.

When Network approached Bom Samaritano to ask what they would like to spend money on, the answer was clear – a minibus for transporting the children. Currently, one of the buses does not meet new safety criteria introduced by the Portuguese government, which creates a grave problem for the home. They are looking to raise €40,000 to buy a new vehicle, and we at Network aim to raise 2,000 of these through our Christmas Fayre this year.

There are lots of other things that you can do to support Bom Samaritano – they always need money for shoes, or brand new shoes bought in specific sizes: they are looking for paint and materials for upgrading the house: furniture, electronic equipment – the children here are ordinary children who need help, who have learned to appreciate all that they get, and who would like to be able to use computers, listen to music, and be up to date, just like any other child.

You will hear more about Bom Samaritano over the coming months, and for now we would just like to say that Network is delighted to be associated with them as we build up to the Network Christmas Fayre. So do come along and support us, book a stall or simply come along and join in the raffle and tombola – some fabulous prizes to be had – and help to make a child’s life a little more comfortable, a little more ‘normal’, and to support the staff who do such fantastic and worthwhile work.

If you would like to know more about Bom Samaritano, and how you can help, please contact or phone 282 459 201.

To know more about Network, or to book a stall at our Fayre, please contact Paulette Fouché on or phone 915 584 667

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Murder Mystery Dinner at the Hotel Garbe

On Friday 21st November fun will be had at the Hotel Garbe when 5 tables of 8 players will try to unravel the first of our Murder Mystery Dinners, over a sumptuous 3 course meal with wine and coffee in the Raj Restaurant.


Who Murdered John Dosh?

The time is the present, the place is the Country Club Hotel, where John Dosh the millionaire owner has invited his staff to a wine tasting. But, before the corks were drawn John Dosh was found murdered in the wine cellar!

He thought he could trust his employees, so who gave him his P45?

Join the party to solve the Murder at The Country Club.

The evening costs 29 euros per person and you need to book your table of 8 or individual places at least 2weeks prior to be able to receive your invitation with the part you will play and get together your costume (nothing outlandish, as they are all staff of the Country Club).

Proceeds of the evening will go to an Animal Charity.

Two of the employees of the Country Club Hotel

Did one of them do it?

For more information or to book your table, please call Vicki Good on 282 320260 or e-mail:

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

From our Golf Desk

Sent: terça-feira, 7 de Outubro de 2008 16:47

Thank you so much for your mail and for our great Golfing holiday at the Hotel Garbe. Apologies for taking so long to reply to your email you but I have been busy here since I returned after the holiday. We really enjoyed all the golf and the relaxation at the beautiful beach on the days when we did not play golf. We have recommended your Golf desk at the Hotel Garbe to all our friends.

We loved playing Palmares and the scenery was spectacular. The week went by to fast!

Hopefully next year we will stay for longer.

Thanks again for all your hard work organising all the golf.

Best regards


Tuesday, 7 October 2008

September Competition Winner

Congratulations to Tina Webster who has won our September Photography Competition.
Our Judge, Adrian Bell, an experienced wedding and portrait photographer comments:- the winner this month is the fishing boats on the beach as that is so evocotive of the Armacao experience.
Our thanks to everyone who participated in the September Photography Competition click
here to see all entries.

Also thanks to Adrian Bell for judging each month. Adrian is an experienced wedding and portrait photographer and is Director of here in the Algarve. The company specialises in Commercial Images for the Real Estate industry creating high quality photography that sells property.

Please send entries for the October competition before closing date - 31st October. For more information please click here

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

What's On - October, 2008

Wednesday, 1st October - João Caracol - Music For Dancing
Thursday, 2nd October - Ilze- Singer
Friday, 3rd October - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 4th October - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Sunday, 5th October - Presumed Innocent - Dancers
Tuesday, 7th October - Arte Viva - Music For Dancing
Wednesday, 8th October- João Caracol- Music For Dancing
Saturday, 11th October - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing-
Sunday, 12th October - Carlos Pontes - Music For Dancing
Monday, 13th October - Folklore Dancers – 10.00pm
Wednesday, 15th October - João Caracol- Music For Dancing,
Thursday, 16th October - Ilze- Singer
Friday, 17th October - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 18th October - Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing
Sunday, 19th October - Presumed Innocent - Dancers
Tuesday, 21st October- Arte Viva - Music For Dancing
Wednesday, 22nd October - João Caracol- Music For Dancing
Saturday, 25th October- Sandra & Jorge- Music For Dancing-
Sunday, 26th October- Carlos Pontes - Music For Dancing
Monday, 27th October- Folklore Dancers – 10.00pm
Wednesday, 29th October - João Caracol - Music For Dancing
Thursday, 30th October - Ilze- Singer
Friday, 31st October - Xico - Guitar Player

Bar “Boa Vista”- 9.00pm - Happy Hour Every Day From 6.00 To 8.00pm

The facilities and entertainment featured may change without notice